Sheridan Students Collaborating on Animated Film with Communications University of China

Mid afternoon with the lights turned low, seven Sheridan students and animation faculty Stephen Barnes gathered around a projection on the studio wall to review rough animation sequences for Birdbrain, a collaborative project with the Communication University of China. Ten students and two supervisors/translators have already come and gone from Sheridan’s animation wing this summer, but production continues, and so does the relationship between Sheridan and the CUC. This was the fourth time that the two schools have exchanged students, with two trips to Beijing, China and two delegations visiting Canada. The exchange has developed out of Sheridan’s international initiatives (associate dean Angela Stukator has visited the CUC and consulted on their curriculum), and it also serves as a co-op opportunity for third year animation students. This year, Stephen Barnes submitted his story, Birdbrain, the tale of obsessive/compulsive scarecrow’s struggle with a murder of sensitive crows. He originally developed the… Read More